We're into the home stretch for Christmas cards now, and sometimes you just need some really quick and easy cards. That is what today's post is all about.
The Quilted Christmas Designer Paper was my favourite paper in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. I particularly liked the pages with the triangles, as they reminded me of little trees. I really liked the colours in this paper pack too, as it allowed me to bring some of the softer coordinating colours into my cards.
You could basically use any ling Christmas greeting you have, but I have used the greeting from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. I hear embossed the greeting in silver, and used silver stars from the Metallic Enamel shapes for the tops of the 'trees'. The cardstock colours I have used on the outer two layers of the card are Pool Party and Blushing bride.
Here's a closer look at the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper. There are 48 sheets in the pack, 12 designs with 4 of double sided design. This is the double sided design I used for these cards, which shows the coordinating colours of Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Real Red and Whisper White.
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Good morning friends. It's time to say hello to Stampin' Up! new alcohol markers, called Stampin' Blends.
What are they?
Artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! shaded (light and dark in each shade), plus bronze and ivory for skin tones and a colour lifter to correct little mistakes.
What can I do with them?
Colour images and shade within colouring. Alcohol markers are superior for depth of colour and blending colours together resulting in beautiful rich saturated and shaded images. The best images to colour are line drawn images with lots of colouring space.
You can also use the markers to custom colour embellishments. For example change the colour of adhesive rhinestones or peals, our White Perfect Accents and even the silver metallic enamel shapes are great coloured (the Bronze Stampin Blends marker is great to colour embellishments so that they match our Copper Foil Paper).
What colours are they available in?
Light and dark shades of Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Old Olive and Night of Navy. There is also an Ivory and Bronze marker for skintones and a colour lifter to fix little mistakes or to lift colour. You can see the full range of colours and additional information in this 8 page brochure about Stampin' Blends.
In a set of two (light and dark in one colour) for $15.50
In a whole set of 27 markers (light and dark in each shade, plus the bronze, ) for $209.75 (see bonus deal for November).
Additional options for purchasing:
Join a Stampin’ Blends Club and spread the cost of the full 27 markers plus Memento Pad and refill over 4 months
You will also receive a portion of the product each month and a bonus FREE mailed 3 card kit each month (embellishments and envelopes included) and a Stampin’ Blends Video Tutorial (stamped images not included as per Stampin’ Up! Policy)
Breakdown of costs (credit card payments only for this club on the dates shown)
November 15th: $57.75 + $5.95 postage and handling = $63.70 total (2 sets of colours, Memento ink and refill and Colour Lifter)
December 15th: $54.25 + $5.95 postage and handling = $60.20 (3 sets of colours, Bronze single)
January 15th: $54.25 + $5,95 postage and handling = $60.20 (3 sets of colours, Ivory single) with option to add to receive a Saleabration gift
February 15th: $62.00 + $5.95 postage and handling = $67.95 (4 sets of colours) with option to add to receive a Saleabration gift
Registration required by 14th November. Email me to register and I’ll send you the form to complete. Minimum number is required for the club to go ahead.
or for a second purchase option if you want them all now:
Special Bonus Deal from me for November only ** Buy the full set of 27 Stampin’ Blends for $209.75 and I will gift you a FREE Memento Ink Pad PLUS Refill worth $19.00.
The order will be placed as soon as your order notification comes through if online, or be included with your order if ordering by phone or email, so will arrive either at the same time or very close to so you can begin colouring!
Why are they so cool?
Perfectly coordinate with our cardstock, inks and papers because they are in our exclusive colours.
You can add just the right amount of colour with the choice of a fine tip and brush end on each marker.
Superior blending, and availability in a light and dark shade produces great shading options. I really like the light shades in these markers as I’m not one for deeply or dark coloured images. In many cases I found I could get great results with layering the light colour alone.
The colour lifter works to remove any areas outside the lines and can also be used to lighten areas.
Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight-fit for long lasting colour.
What ink pad do I use to stamp images?
Because these inks are alcohol based, you need to use a dye based ink. We recommend and sell Memento black ink for use with Stampin’ Blends. Do not use Stazon as the outline will bleed. See my FREE ink pad/refill offer above (in the ‘What are they?’ section.
What’s the best Cardstock to use?
I recommend Thick Whisper White. It’s normal for alcohol inks to soak through the cardstock when blending, so make sure you use a surface protector or some cardboard or grid paper under your image when colouring.
Another great option is to use our Just Add Colour Specialty Designer Paper. I coloured lots of those images and intend to turn them into cards over the next week.
Here's another couple of cards I have made using the Stampin' Blends. This one uses the Sitting Here stamp set.
This one uses the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.
Hello ladies, time for this week's Heart of Christmas inspiration post bought to you by the Art with Heart team.
This week I have used up a left over piece from the Hometown Greetings Edgelit dies in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. It just fitted into the largest oval shape from the Layering Ovals Framelits.
I have watercoloured the piece of watercolor paper behind the edgelits using Island Indigo ink. When that was dry I stamped the sleigh in Island Indigo, and placed it behind the card which I had embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. My greeting is from Merry Patterns, and then finished off with some Night of Navy crinkled seam binding.
Now it's time to see what the Art with Heart Team girls have done this week.
Hello my lovely stamping friends, It's warming up in Melbourne, so this week for The Art With Heart Team Stampin' Up! Heart of Christmas number 22, we have a summer themed Christmas card using Beachy Little Christmas. I love the little beach shacks (bathing boxes) in this set as they feature in various places along the Melbourne coastline in all their brightly coloured glory. In some suburbs, these cute little beach shacks sell for astronomical amounts of money because they are so popular and rarely come up for sale.
For my colouring, I have used the brand new soon to be released Stampin' Blends (available November 1st for customers). These are our reformulated and improved alcohol markers and I have really loved playing with them over the last few weeks. They can be purchased individually, in a set of light and dark, or the whole set together.
For today's card I used Crumb Cake light and dark, Bermuda Bay light and dark, Daffodil Delight dark, Old Olive light, Pumpkin Pie light and Cherry Cobbler dark. I coloured on thick whisper white.
I've also used the Seaside embossing folder to carry through the beach theme. The patterned paper is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper pack in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. Here's a closer look at the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set available until 2nd January in the Holiday Catalogue.
Now it's time to see what the fabulous Art With Heart team ladies are up to with their Heart of Christmas creations for week 22.
Hello lovely stampers. Last week I stamped with a couple of team members and I was able to borrow the Season Like Christmas stamp set from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. I made two cards for week 21 of the Art With Heart Team Heart of Christmas Week 21.
I had initially overlooked this stamp set in the catalogue, but then saw a couple of lovely cards made with it. It is a really lovely 3 step stamp set to create a pine tree, with another layer if you want to add some baubles, highlights or maybe even snow. I left the final layer off for my cards.
I chose Night of Navy and Emerald Envy for my colour scheme, and my paper is the Naturally Eclectic DSP which has both of these colours in. For this card I highlighted the stamped image with Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist, with some silver added by way of my embossed greeting, mini sequin trim and rhinestones.
For this one, I exchanged the Lemon Lime Twist for Silver Foil paper. I think I like the silver embossed greeting more on the Night of Navy cardstock. How about you?
Do you see the tree trunk in the image? It's very clever how that works. It actually stamps in between the foliage and is pretty easy to line up with the Photopolymer stamp.
Now it's time to visit the other lovely ladies in the Art With Heart team and see what they have been up to.